I recently had a few questions come through on my tumblr about what styling products I use for my hair and this had me reminiscing about the first day I set foot in London and decided that it was time for the big C.H.O.P! I had had enough of long hair (and standing in front of the mirror, sucking in my cheeks and folding my hair in at strange angles in attempt to imagine myself with short hair, a fringe and a moustache) I was ready for a change!
I’ve never been one who religiously visits one and only one hairdresser. Not because I’m disloyal, but because I’ve never felt like I’ve met ‘the one.’ It’s almost like dating isn’t it? Some would just nod and pretend to listen (Just a trim sweetie? Blah blah blah Imma give you whatever haircut I feel like today) and others would make me feel like they understood what I wanted but in reality charged me an arm and a leg to flutter their scissors and exclaim how much they LOVE.IT before pushing me out the door poorer than when I walked in yet still with the same length hair.
Since I’ve come to London, I have stuck to the one single hairdresser for three years. I met my hairdresser at Rush Hair on the Strand on Embankment and for the first time ever, I didn’t leave regretting wasting my money. I was in LOVE: Hook, line and sinker after the first session. My hairdresser was professional, technically trained, genuinely friendly and importantly delivered on what we discussed. The salons themselves were gorgeously decorated and it always felt like a treat to be in pampered in, especially in the Shu Umera lounge at the Rush salon on The Strand.
I know most of us want to feel like a million bucks when we leave a hairdresser’s and I’m no exception but after so many let downs in Oz, for me all I wanted was to leave feeling like I a) I actually got my hair cut b) my styled hair differently to how I walked in and c) I got my money’s worth. My experiences at Rush always tick these three boxes. I love the products they use and am always sneakily asking for advice on DIY tips and tricks for the in between haircut weeks.
If you’ve been roaming around London like me looking for ‘THE ONE’ I’d definitely recommend giving Rush a go. It’ll be the best pick me up you can give yourself.
A picture taken after ‘The Chop’ three years ago
And another one from the last haircut I had a couple of months back from the same hairdresser I met all those years ago at Rush.
T-Styled Me tips on finding the right hairdresser and obtaining the experience you’re after is is always to:
- Where possible, use recommendations from friends. Trust is a major issue when it comes to hair and you generally don’t want to risk it.
- Opt for a hairdresser that is within your budget that you will realistically return to for follow up appointments whether it be a stylist or a senior stylist
- Bring in pictures and clearly explain to your stylist exactly the look that you’re after and don’t be afraid to speak out half way through the haircut.
- Find someone who suits your style and you get along with without having to try too hard.
- Always ask for a different finish: blow-waved curly, straight, with loose waves – This part personally always makes me feel like a million bucks !
- If you don’t like the service, get up and move on – no one wants to be stuck in a bad relationship right?!